Period
to 6 August 2020

The following table provides summary statistics for contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for Problem-Solving skills. Included is a benchmarking guide to the contractor rates offered in vacancies that have cited Problem-Solving over the 6 months to 6 August 2020 with a comparison to the same period in the previous 2 years.

Note that daily and hourly rates are treated separately in these statistics. When calculating contractor rate percentiles, daily rates are never derived from quoted hourly rates or vice versa.

Problem-Solving
UK > UK excluding London
6 months to
6 Aug 2020
Same period 2019 Same period 2018
Rank 25 27 31
Rank change year-on-year +2 +4 -3
Contract jobs citing Problem-Solving 1,135 3,121 3,439
As % of all contract jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 6.31% 6.38% 6.29%
As % of the Processes & Methodologies category 7.52% 7.45% 7.33%
Number of daily rates quoted 669 1,753 2,030
Median daily rate £425 £425 £400
Median daily rate % change year-on-year - +6.25% -
10th Percentile £186 £213 £213
90th Percentile £575 £575 £543
UK median daily rate £450 £450 £425
% change year-on-year - +5.88% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 90 198 209
Median hourly rate £20.38 £18.84 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +8.16% -5.81% -20.00%
10th Percentile £11.26 £11.29 £10.60
90th Percentile £50.00 £50.00 £51.00
UK median hourly rate £27.50 £21.50 £20.00
% change year-on-year +27.91% +7.50% -11.11%

Problem-Solving is in the Processes and Methodologies category. The following table is for comparison with the above and provides summary statistics for all contract job vacancies advertised in the UK excluding London with a requirement for process or methodology skills.

All Process and Methodology Skills
UK excluding London
Contract vacancies with a requirement for process or methodology skills 15,089 41,897 46,944
As % of all contract IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London 83.90% 85.67% 85.83%
Number of daily rates quoted 9,004 25,779 28,651
Median daily rate £450 £438 £425
Median daily rate % change year-on-year +2.86% +2.94% +6.25%
10th Percentile £263 £263 £265
90th Percentile £613 £600 £575
UK median daily rate £475 £475 £450
% change year-on-year - +5.56% -
Number of hourly rates quoted 792 1,774 1,808
Median hourly rate £30.00 £23.75 £20.00
Median hourly rate % change year-on-year +26.32% +18.75% -20.00%
10th Percentile £12.36 £11.26 £11.17
90th Percentile £52.50 £52.50 £48.75
Median hourly rate £35.00 £24.00 £21.00
% change year-on-year +45.83% +14.29% -13.56%

Problem-Solving
Job Vacancy Trend in the UK excluding London

Job postings citing Problem-Solving as a proportion of all IT jobs advertised in the UK excluding London.

Job vacancy trend for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Contractor Daily Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average daily rate quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London.

Daily rate trend for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Daily Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Daily rate distribution for jobs citing Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 6 August 2020.

Daily rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Contractor Hourly Rate Trend in the UK excluding London

3-month moving average hourly rates quoted in jobs citing Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London.

Hourly rate trend for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Hourly Rate Histogram in the UK excluding London

Hourly rate distribution of jobs citing Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London over the 6 months to 6 August 2020.

Hourly rate histogram for Problem-Solving in the UK excluding London

Problem-Solving
Contract Job Locations in the UK excluding London

The table below looks at the demand and provides a guide to the median contractor rates quoted in IT jobs citing Problem-Solving within the UK excluding London region over the 6 months to 6 August 2020. The 'Rank Change' column provides an indication of the change in demand within each location based on the same 6 month period last year.

Location Rank Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Matching
Contract
IT Job Ads
Median
Daily Rate
Past 6 Months
Median Daily Rate
% Change
on Same Period
Last Year
Live
Job
Vacancies
South East +11 346 £425 -5.29% 168
North of England -1 237 £387 -8.94% 151
Midlands +9 158 £400 - 131
North West +13 142 £356 -20.89% 78
South West -16 126 £466 +11.68% 88
Scotland 0 122 £384 +3.02% 43
East of England 0 111 £450 +5.88% 85
West Midlands +3 99 £413 +3.13% 80
Yorkshire -12 82 £450 +5.88% 51
East Midlands +11 59 £375 -6.25% 50
Wales -6 24 £413 +10.00% 19
North East -12 13 £350 -2.78% 22
Northern Ireland -5 11 £383 -6.71% 2
Problem-Solving
UK

For the 6 months to 6 August 2020, IT contractor jobs citing Problem-Solving also mentioned the following skills in order of popularity. The figures indicate the absolute number co-occurrences and as a proportion of all contract job ads across the UK excluding London region with a requirement for Problem-Solving.

1 371 (32.69%) Analytical Skills
2 334 (29.43%) Agile Software Development
3 264 (23.26%) Microsoft
4 253 (22.29%) Windows
5 224 (19.74%) SQL
6 193 (17.00%) Java
7 187 (16.48%) Security Cleared
8 174 (15.33%) Finance
9 159 (14.01%) ITIL
10 149 (13.13%) Active Directory
11 146 (12.86%) Linux
11 146 (12.86%) SC Cleared
12 142 (12.51%) Azure
13 135 (11.89%) Degree
14 134 (11.81%) Stakeholder Management
15 128 (11.28%) Microsoft Office
16 118 (10.40%) Office 365
17 112 (9.87%) Public Sector
18 106 (9.34%) Oracle
18 106 (9.34%) Python
19 105 (9.25%) Decision-Making
20 103 (9.07%) AWS
21 102 (8.99%) SQL Server
21 102 (8.99%) Scrum
22 100 (8.81%) Project Management
23 99 (8.72%) Migration
24 96 (8.46%) Self-Motivation
25 89 (7.84%) Test Automation
26 87 (7.67%) JIRA
27 86 (7.58%) JavaScript

Problem-Solving
Co-occurring IT Skills in the UK excluding London by Category

The follow tables expand on the table above by listing co-occurrences grouped by category. The same job type, locality and period is covered with up to 20 co-occurrences shown in each of the following categories:

Application Platforms
1 53 (4.67%) SharePoint
2 43 (3.79%) Confluence
3 34 (3.00%) MS Exchange
4 18 (1.59%) Apache
5 17 (1.50%) IIS
6 13 (1.15%) JBoss
6 13 (1.15%) SAS
7 11 (0.97%) WebLogic
8 10 (0.88%) WebSphere
9 9 (0.79%) Oracle SOA Suite
9 9 (0.79%) Skype for Business
9 9 (0.79%) Tomcat
10 8 (0.70%) CMS
11 7 (0.62%) Apache Spark
11 7 (0.62%) Exchange Server 2007
11 7 (0.62%) Moodle
12 6 (0.53%) Adobe Experience Manager
13 5 (0.44%) Cloud Foundry
14 4 (0.35%) Exchange Server 2010
14 4 (0.35%) nginx
Applications
1 128 (11.28%) Microsoft Office
2 85 (7.49%) Microsoft Excel
3 60 (5.29%) Microsoft PowerPoint
4 27 (2.38%) MS Visio
5 24 (2.11%) Microsoft Project
6 11 (0.97%) Spreadsheet
7 5 (0.44%) Sketch
8 3 (0.26%) Acrobat
8 3 (0.26%) Maya
8 3 (0.26%) Photoshop
8 3 (0.26%) Simulink
9 2 (0.18%) Adobe XD
9 2 (0.18%) Figma
9 2 (0.18%) InVision
9 2 (0.18%) OmniGraffle
9 2 (0.18%) Zeplin
10 1 (0.088%) CPLEX
10 1 (0.088%) SOLIDWORKS
10 1 (0.088%) UserZoom
Business Applications
1 21 (1.85%) Remedy ITSM
2 11 (0.97%) Dynamics CRM
3 8 (0.70%) assyst
3 8 (0.70%) Magento
4 7 (0.62%) Payment Gateway
5 5 (0.44%) Sentinel
5 5 (0.44%) Unit4 Business World
6 4 (0.35%) BASE24
6 4 (0.35%) Hyperion Planning
6 4 (0.35%) Oracle General Ledger
7 2 (0.18%) Dynamics AX
7 2 (0.18%) Oracle EBS
7 2 (0.18%) Sage 200
8 1 (0.088%) Oracle Receivables
8 1 (0.088%) Oracle Retail
8 1 (0.088%) Salesforce.com CRM
8 1 (0.088%) Shopify
8 1 (0.088%) SmartPlant
8 1 (0.088%) Traffica
8 1 (0.088%) Workday HCM
Cloud Services
1 142 (12.51%) Azure
2 118 (10.40%) Office 365
3 103 (9.07%) AWS
4 30 (2.64%) Power Platform
5 19 (1.67%) SaaS
6 16 (1.41%) GitHub
7 14 (1.23%) Cloud Computing
8 13 (1.15%) PaaS
9 12 (1.06%) G Suite
9 12 (1.06%) OneDrive
10 11 (0.97%) Boomi
11 9 (0.79%) GCP
12 8 (0.70%) Dynamics 365
12 8 (0.70%) IaaS
13 7 (0.62%) Amazon S3
13 7 (0.62%) Azure Active Directory
14 6 (0.53%) OpenShift
15 5 (0.44%) Serverless
16 4 (0.35%) Power Automate
16 4 (0.35%) PowerApps
Communications & Networking
1 53 (4.67%) Firewall
2 44 (3.88%) DNS
3 41 (3.61%) TCP/IP
4 36 (3.17%) DHCP
5 35 (3.08%) VPN
6 33 (2.91%) WAN
7 30 (2.64%) HTTP
8 28 (2.47%) Wireless
9 27 (2.38%) Internet
9 27 (2.38%) Wi-Fi
10 26 (2.29%) LAN
10 26 (2.29%) Skype
11 20 (1.76%) MPLS
12 19 (1.67%) VoIP
13 17 (1.50%) Network Security
14 15 (1.32%) FTP
15 14 (1.23%) SNMP
15 14 (1.23%) VLAN
16 13 (1.15%) BGP
16 13 (1.15%) Remote Desktop
Database & Business Intelligence
1 102 (8.99%) SQL Server
2 44 (3.88%) Relational Database
3 39 (3.44%) MySQL
4 32 (2.82%) MongoDB
4 32 (2.82%) Oracle Database
5 28 (2.47%) Power BI
6 27 (2.38%) SQL Server Integration Services
7 26 (2.29%) Data Warehouse
8 25 (2.20%) SQL Server Reporting Services
9 19 (1.67%) NoSQL
10 17 (1.50%) DB2
11 15 (1.32%) BusinessObjects
12 14 (1.23%) PostgreSQL
12 14 (1.23%) RDBMS
13 13 (1.15%) Hadoop
13 13 (1.15%) SQL Server 2008
13 13 (1.15%) SQL Server 2012
14 12 (1.06%) SQL Server Analysis Services
15 10 (0.88%) Big Data
15 10 (0.88%) SQL Server 2016
Development Applications
1 87 (7.67%) JIRA
2 56 (4.93%) Git (software)
3 48 (4.23%) Selenium
4 39 (3.44%) Jenkins
5 28 (2.47%) Cucumber
6 24 (2.11%) Eclipse
7 18 (1.59%) Visual Studio
8 16 (1.41%) Ant
8 16 (1.41%) Mockito
9 15 (1.32%) Maven
10 14 (1.23%) JMeter
10 14 (1.23%) SoapUI
11 13 (1.15%) JUnit
11 13 (1.15%) Postman
11 13 (1.15%) Team Foundation Server
12 11 (0.97%) Subversion
13 10 (0.88%) SpecFlow
14 9 (0.79%) Grunt
14 9 (0.79%) MSI
15 8 (0.70%) WebDriver
General
1 174 (15.33%) Finance
2 112 (9.87%) Public Sector
3 57 (5.02%) Telecoms
4 55 (4.85%) Banking
5 23 (2.03%) Retail
6 22 (1.94%) Marketing
7 21 (1.85%) Manufacturing
8 20 (1.76%) Legal
9 13 (1.15%) Games
10 11 (0.97%) Electronics
10 11 (0.97%) Law
11 9 (0.79%) Pharmaceutical
12 8 (0.70%) Aerospace
12 8 (0.70%) Military
13 4 (0.35%) Financial Institution
13 4 (0.35%) General Ledger
13 4 (0.35%) Investment Banking
13 4 (0.35%) Publishing
14 3 (0.26%) Local Government
14 3 (0.26%) Retail Banking
Job Titles
1 215 (18.94%) Analyst
2 194 (17.09%) Developer
3 77 (6.78%) Architect
4 59 (5.20%) Business Analyst
5 52 (4.58%) Java Developer
6 44 (3.88%) Project Manager
7 41 (3.61%) Support Engineer
8 31 (2.73%) Consultant
8 31 (2.73%) Designer
9 24 (2.11%) Software Engineer
10 23 (2.03%) Administrator
10 23 (2.03%) Solutions Architect
11 22 (1.94%) Infrastructure Engineer
11 22 (1.94%) Senior Developer
11 22 (1.94%) Support Analyst
12 21 (1.85%) Service Analyst
13 19 (1.67%) Desktop Support
13 19 (1.67%) Network Engineer
13 19 (1.67%) Test Analyst
13 19 (1.67%) Tester
Libraries, Frameworks & Software Standards
1 68 (5.99%) HTML
2 53 (4.67%) .NET
3 52 (4.58%) Web Services
4 43 (3.79%) CSS
4 43 (3.79%) SOAP
5 41 (3.61%) XML
6 37 (3.26%) REST
7 30 (2.64%) RESTful
7 30 (2.64%) Spring
8 28 (2.47%) JSON
9 26 (2.29%) AngularJS
10 23 (2.03%) Middleware
11 22 (1.94%) jQuery
11 22 (1.94%) Node.js
12 20 (1.76%) LDAP
12 20 (1.76%) React
13 16 (1.41%) ActiveMQ
13 16 (1.41%) JAX-RS
14 15 (1.32%) Spring Boot
15 14 (1.23%) SAP PI
Miscellaneous
1 371 (32.69%) Analytical Skills
2 96 (8.46%) Self-Motivation
3 72 (6.34%) Management Information System
4 51 (4.49%) User Experience
5 37 (3.26%) Data Centre
6 17 (1.50%) Mainframe
7 16 (1.41%) NHS
8 13 (1.15%) Clustering
8 13 (1.15%) Greenfield Project
8 13 (1.15%) W3C
9 11 (0.97%) Public Cloud
10 10 (0.88%) Algorithms
10 10 (0.88%) Data Structures
10 10 (0.88%) Driving Licence
10 10 (0.88%) Enterprise Software
10 10 (0.88%) Linux Command Line
10 10 (0.88%) Mobile App
10 10 (0.88%) Replication
10 10 (0.88%) Virtual Team
11 9 (0.79%) Hybrid Cloud
Operating Systems
1 253 (22.29%) Windows
2 146 (12.86%) Linux
3 83 (7.31%) Windows 10
4 80 (7.05%) Windows Server
5 77 (6.78%) Unix
6 39 (3.44%) Windows 7
7 30 (2.64%) Mac OS X
8 25 (2.20%) Red Hat Enterprise Linux
9 22 (1.94%) Windows Server 2008
10 19 (1.67%) Windows Server 2012
10 19 (1.67%) Windows Server 2016
11 16 (1.41%) Apple iOS
12 12 (1.06%) Android
13 11 (0.97%) Windows XP
14 8 (0.70%) Windows 8
14 8 (0.70%) Windows Server 2003
15 7 (0.62%) Windows Server 2019
15 7 (0.62%) Windows Vista
16 5 (0.44%) Mac OS
16 5 (0.44%) Oracle Linux
Processes & Methodologies
1 334 (29.43%) Agile Software Development
2 159 (14.01%) ITIL
3 134 (11.81%) Stakeholder Management
4 105 (9.25%) Decision-Making
5 102 (8.99%) Scrum
6 100 (8.81%) Project Management
7 99 (8.72%) Migration
8 89 (7.84%) Test Automation
9 85 (7.49%) DevOps
10 78 (6.87%) Service Management
11 71 (6.26%) Change Management
11 71 (6.26%) User Stories
12 67 (5.90%) TDD
13 58 (5.11%) Business Intelligence
14 56 (4.93%) Configuration Management
14 56 (4.93%) Project Delivery
15 53 (4.67%) Software Engineering
16 52 (4.58%) BDD
17 51 (4.49%) Microservices
18 50 (4.41%) Continuous Integration
Programming Languages
1 224 (19.74%) SQL
2 193 (17.00%) Java
3 106 (9.34%) Python
4 86 (7.58%) JavaScript
5 80 (7.05%) PowerShell
6 70 (6.17%) C#
7 54 (4.76%) C
8 51 (4.49%) Perl
9 36 (3.17%) Shell Script
10 34 (3.00%) C++
11 32 (2.82%) Java 8
12 25 (2.20%) PHP
13 24 (2.11%) PL/SQL
14 19 (1.67%) VBA
15 18 (1.59%) T-SQL
16 17 (1.50%) Bash Shell
17 13 (1.15%) VB
18 10 (0.88%) ABAP
18 10 (0.88%) Scala
19 9 (0.79%) Korn
Qualifications
1 187 (16.48%) Security Cleared
2 146 (12.86%) SC Cleared
3 135 (11.89%) Degree
4 34 (3.00%) Microsoft Certification
5 31 (2.73%) BPSS Clearance
6 27 (2.38%) DV Cleared
7 24 (2.11%) Computer Science Degree
8 22 (1.94%) MCSE
9 19 (1.67%) DBS Check
10 18 (1.59%) Cisco Certification
11 14 (1.23%) CISSP
11 14 (1.23%) ISEB
12 11 (0.97%) PMI Certification
13 10 (0.88%) CCNA
13 10 (0.88%) CCNP
14 9 (0.79%) HNC
14 9 (0.79%) MCP
14 9 (0.79%) MCSA
14 9 (0.79%) VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
15 8 (0.70%) HND
Quality Assurance & Compliance
1 43 (3.79%) SLA
2 42 (3.70%) QA
3 19 (1.67%) GDPR
4 17 (1.50%) PMO
5 9 (0.79%) ISO/IEC 27001
5 9 (0.79%) PCI DSS
6 8 (0.70%) Data Quality
6 8 (0.70%) NIST
7 7 (0.62%) COBIT
8 5 (0.44%) WCAG
9 4 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 20000
9 4 (0.35%) ISO/IEC 27002 (supersedes ISO/IEC 17799)
9 4 (0.35%) JSP 440
10 3 (0.26%) AICPA
10 3 (0.26%) NCSC
11 2 (0.18%) Disclosure Scotland
11 2 (0.18%) HL7
11 2 (0.18%) ISO 9000
12 1 (0.088%) GxP
12 1 (0.088%) Sarbanes-Oxley
System Software
1 149 (13.13%) Active Directory
2 43 (3.79%) VMware Infrastructure
3 36 (3.17%) Docker
4 13 (1.15%) NFS
5 11 (0.97%) vSphere
6 9 (0.79%) Microsoft App-V
7 7 (0.62%) Hyper-V
7 7 (0.62%) RACF
7 7 (0.62%) Virtual Machines
7 7 (0.62%) XenApp
8 5 (0.44%) VMware NSX
9 4 (0.35%) Citrix Hypervisor
9 4 (0.35%) HDFS
9 4 (0.35%) XenDesktop
10 3 (0.26%) Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
10 3 (0.26%) Oracle RAC
10 3 (0.26%) UAG
10 3 (0.26%) vCloud
10 3 (0.26%) VMware ESXi
11 2 (0.18%) Virtual Desktop
Systems Management
1 36 (3.17%) SCCM
2 25 (2.20%) Kubernetes
3 24 (2.11%) Ansible
4 19 (1.67%) Puppet
5 16 (1.41%) Opscode Chef
6 14 (1.23%) Microsoft Intune
7 13 (1.15%) Netcool
7 13 (1.15%) Terraform
8 12 (1.06%) Netcool/OMNIbus
9 9 (0.79%) SCOM
10 7 (0.62%) Amdocs OSS
11 6 (0.53%) Data Guard
12 5 (0.44%) SCDPM
12 5 (0.44%) Single Sign-On
12 5 (0.44%) WSUS
13 4 (0.35%) McAfee ePO
13 4 (0.35%) Oracle RMAN
13 4 (0.35%) ServiceCenter
13 4 (0.35%) Systems Management Server (SMS)
13 4 (0.35%) Tivoli
Vendors
1 264 (23.26%) Microsoft
2 106 (9.34%) Oracle
3 60 (5.29%) VMware
4 47 (4.14%) Cisco
4 47 (4.14%) SAP
5 40 (3.52%) HP
6 33 (2.91%) IBM
6 33 (2.91%) Red Hat
6 33 (2.91%) ServiceNow
7 30 (2.64%) Google
8 27 (2.38%) Apple
8 27 (2.38%) Remedy
9 25 (2.20%) Citrix
10 23 (2.03%) Dell
11 22 (1.94%) CheckPoint
12 18 (1.59%) Salesforce.com
13 15 (1.32%) BMC
14 14 (1.23%) Adobe
14 14 (1.23%) F5
14 14 (1.23%) Juniper